Mississippi Sawyer, Lauchlin Shaw, A.C. Overton, Wayne Martin, 1990.
A good friend of old-time music and a student of life throughout his own life, Tom Hargrove took this video of Lauchlin Shaw, A.C. Overton and Wayne at the 1990 Raleigh Fiddlers’ Convention. This sterling rendition of “Mississippi Sawyer” features Lauchlin Shaw’s propulsive fiddling and A.C. Overton’s powerful two-fingered banjo picking.
Sponsored by PineCone, the convention itself was the result of Tom’s research on the original Raleigh convention, held at Pullen Park from 1904 to 1914. One of the bright features of the event were concerts by older fiddlers and banjo players from the Piedmont of NC who had learned their music in the early decades of the twentieth century but who were still quite active.
Really nice fiddling and great to hear the two-finger banjo picking! Looking forward to more of this blog.
Wonderful music. When are you going to reissue that Marimac recording?
No plans in the works so maybe I’ll have to post the recordings here! “Going Down to Raleigh,” available through Pinecone (https://www.pinecone.org/going-down-to-raleigh.php) has several pieces by Lauchlin and A.C. as well as the two of them with other musicians from the piedmont region of North Carolina.
I love how you “encouraged” Daddy to keep playing. His saying was “play ’em short and more of them”.
What an inspiration, both as a musician and as a man. It was a great privilege to have known him and his family.